People diagnosed with prediabetes have always searched for ways to prevent the condition from moving to full-blown type 2 diabetes.
Doctors at Tufts University could have a partial answer for them.
Their new study, Diabetes Care, shows that high-risk patients with the highest levels of vitamin D were 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest levels.
While they say the study has promising results, the doctors don’t recommend vitamin D supplements across the board for prediabetes patients. Cautiously, they say this study finding may not apply to all patients.
Still, one part of their study showed that in comparing 608 women newly diagnosed with diabetes to 559 women without the condition.
After adjusting for other factors, those with the highest vitamin D levels were 48 percent less likely to have developed the disease than those with the lowest levels.
In another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011, Tufts researchers found overweight prediabetes patients who took a 2,000 IU vitamin D supplement for 10 weeks had a 26 percent improvement in functioning of the pancreas cells that produce insulin.
Nutrilite® Vitamin D can get the same form of vitamin D produced by your body from natural sun exposure, in an amount equivalent to 16 cups of fortified milk. Plus, vitamin K2, which helps get calcium from your bloodstream into your bones.
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